The Eagles have an NFL-high 15 turnovers in their first five games, which their opponents have converted into 45 points. The Eagles have allowed 132 points this season. That means 34.1 percent of their opponents' points have been kick-started by turnovers. After five games last year, the Eagles had just four giveaways.
As for the other two areas mentioned by Mornhinweg:
* The Eagles weren't very good on third down the whole afternoon, converting just two of nine third-down opportunities. Just one of those third-down situations was 3-yards or less. That was on that last pass to Avant.
* The offense committed only two penalties against the Bills. But both came in the red zone on back-to-back fourth-quarter plays and cost them points. Rookie Danny Watkins was called for illegal use of hands on a second-and-goal from the 6, which wiped out a 6-yard touchdown run by Vick that would have made it a 31-28 game with 11-plus minutes left. That moved the ball back to the 16. King Dunlap's hold on the very next play moved it back to the 26. The Eagles ended up settling for an Alex Henery field goal.
Defending the screens
Expect to see a ton of screens from the Redskins this week after the success the Bills had with them on Sunday. Nine of Ryan Fitzpatrick's 21 completions and 89 of his 193 passing yards came on screens and shovel passes that took advantage of the Eagles' wide-nine front, the inability of their linebackers to get off blocks and the continued dreadful tackling by their safeties and corners.
Bills running back Fred Jackson had six receptions for 85 yards against the Eagles. Sixty-six of those yards came off of three screens, including a 49-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter that set up the Bills' second touchdown.
Through five games, opposing running backs have 27 receptions against the Eagles for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
The run defense
The Bills became the fourth team in five games to run for at least 138 yards against the Eagles. They finished with 143 on 35 carries, including 111 by Jackson.
The Bills rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries in the first half, then opened the second half with a 22-yard run by Jackson around right end, as end Jason Babin and middle linebacker Jamar Chaney both got sealed off inside.
But after that, Juan Castillo's unit actually did a pretty good job stopping the run. Not including two game-ending kneel-downs by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills were held to 54 yards on their final 15 second-half carries.
Did you notice? *
Referee Walt Coleman and his crew got it wrong at the end of the first half when they ruled that time had expired on Vick's throwaway through the end zone. Replays clearly show there still was 1 second left on the clock when the pass was touched by a civilian behind the end zone, which is when the clock should have stopped. That said, Andy Reid still made a poor decision to try to run one more play with 8 seconds left rather than bring on Alex Henery for a field-goal try. And Vick waited too long to throw the ball away.
* Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie contributed little again. The cornerback the Eagles acquired in the Kevin Kolb trade looks like a guy who is just going through the motions. His lack of aggressiveness was very evident on a 16-yard completion to Bills wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt in the third quarter. Roosevelt ran a quick slant in front of Rodgers-Cromartie, who made little effort to catch him and tackle him. Roosevelt gained another 10 yards after the catch.
* Middle linebacker Jamar Chaney continues to have great difficulty getting off blocks. On Brad Smith's 5-yard third-quarter touchdown run out of the Wildcat formation, Chaney got blocked 3 yards deep into the end zone.
* Colt Anderson showed once again why he's one of Bobby April's very best special-teams players when, after Alex Henery's field goal with 9:33 left in the game that got the Eagles within seven, he flew down the field and tackled kick returner Brad Smith at the 10-yard line.